Giuseppe Caristo is not on Instagram
The web has transformed bespoke tailoring. Craftsmen, whom only local people would know before, can now be found in seconds. Instagram have accelerated the process. My guess would be that 70-80 percentage of bespoke tailors in Europe now have an Instagram account.
All the more intriguing it becomes to find a stellar tailor, who has no strategic web presence whatsoever. Giuseppe Caristo is such a tailor. He is well into his eighties, and he has all the clients he needs, so he lives in an analog world.
Like Michele Mescia, who is only 100 meters away, Giuseppe Caristo has won the Forbici d’Oro, the Golden Scissor, awarded by The Italian Tailoring Academy in Rome. He was very young, when it happened, only 26 years old.
I met with Mr Caristo, when I visited Turin in June. His nephew, Fabrizio, student of physics at Turin University, helped me with translation.
Not surprisingly Giuseppe Caristo came to Turin from Southern Italy. He worked with a local master tailor, “the best”, he says. Then he struck out on his own in his twenties creating Sartoria Caristo.
Classic bespoke tailoring
In terms of make Giuseppe Caristo is the pure art of tailoring, of course. Meticulously, he and his two tailors craft a suit by hand.
The style belongs to the north of Italy. Everything is slightly larger than a typical jacket from Southern Italy. The canvas also seems slightly more sturdy. Yet, I got the impression that Giuseppe Caristo prefers a bit more fitted jacket than, say, Michele Mescia and A. Caraceni.
I was quoted a price of 4.500 euros for a two-piece suit.
Mr Caristo has his sartoria at Via S. Tommaso, 22, second floor.
Photography: Torsten Grunwald